It is not a hot-shoe sports car, but it is decently brisk and light on its feet. The Scirocco can be made to react with readiness – and it is now much happier to scythe quickly around tight corners than it was in its 2008 launch guise.
It seems that there’s now just enough rear-wheel steer to give the car’s nose a bit more keenness when pushing into bends. The electro-mechanical steering system also makes a decent fist of giving the driver an idea of what’s happening at the tyre’s contact patch and where the front wheels are placed on the road.
The engine is sweet and smooth enough, but the power band is very narrow. Although the torque peak happens at just 1500rpm, the real power band is between 2000 and 4000rpm, after which the engine’s output tails off markedly, so short-shifting is the best way of making decent progress.
The upside to the warm performance is remarkable economy. Even though the engine was just 1000 miles old on our test car, this six-speed manual returned 48mpg and 44mpg respectively on two inter-urban commutes.
The practical stuff includes a big, very deep, boot and 1000-litres of load space with the rear seats folded. And those rear seats – although tricky to access – are suitable for adults in both head and knee room. The high-back front seats are also notably comfortable.
You also get the usual VW attention to detail: a fine driving and pedal position and a slick clutch and shift action. The interior is restrained and nicely considered, especially the control placement on the centre console and the console storage.
Downsides are probably limited to the chassis’ habit of following the undulating contours of the typical British road surface and some intrusive tyre drone: but that’s hardly unique to the Scirocco.